Courtesy of Netflix

Netflix has revealed the official trailer for their upcoming documentary feature, MURDER TO MERCY: THE CYNTOIA BROWN STORY, which you can check out in the player below.

In 2004, 16-year-old Cyntoia Denise Brown was arrested in Nashville, Tennessee, for murdering a 43-year-old man who picked her up for sex. She was tried as an adult and sentenced to life in prison — Cyntoia’s fate seemed sealed. The film shows the complexity of a child who was the product of three generations of violence against women in her biological family.

And how in 2019, after nearly 10 years of legal challenges, Governor Bill Haslam granted her request for clemency. He did so following a slow shift in the state for legislative change in juvenile sentencing laws and having seen evidence of her maturity, education, and good behavior as a prisoner.

The documentary is directed by Daniel H. Birman (Curious Minds: Conscious Capitalism, Brace for Impact: The Chesley B. Sullenberger Story). It is produced by Birman and Susy Garciasalas Barkley (Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle, Race 2012: A Conversation About Race and Politics in America).

Megan E. Chao (The Hunt For Dark Matter, Breakthrough: The Earliest Americans) is both editor and supervising producer for the documentary feature.

Netflix is the world’s leading streaming entertainment service with over 167 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

MURDER TO MERCY: THE CYNTOIA BROWN STORY will be released on Netflix on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.

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